Title: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’
Director: Francis Lawrence
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
On paper, the second part of the final chapter of ‘The Hunger Games’ saga had all the potential to be the best Young Adult book adaptation to date. The Suzanne Collins’ novel was so dark and merciless, I really expected this movie to be a great action/sci-fi flick capable of pleasing all audiences, regardless of age.
Truth be told, most of ‘Mockingjay – Part 2’ is pretty adherent to the original material, at least plotwise. What’s missing is the grim atmosphere I loved so much while reading the book. By the end of the last scene, the general impression I received was that of a slightly more hopeful ending than I remembered. I realize this is the kind of “flaw” that will hardly make any difference to the casual viewer, but to me it played a major part in forming my opinion.
Jennifer Lawrence and her colleagues all give adequately decent performances, with Donald Sutherland stealing the scene whenever on screen (his last shot in the movie was villainy perfection).
The pace of the movie is a little rushed. The action sequences work fine, but – in spite of the spectacular special effects and the usual magnificent score by James Newton Howard – they are not memorable enough to evoke the sense of epicness required for a grand finale.
Is ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2’ a bad movie? Far from it. Could have it been better? Most definitely.